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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 28, 2017 06:42:06 AM
I feel you! I'm watching days fly past like a pedestrian watching cars by a highway.
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 26, 2017 11:14:37 AM
Why thank you!   Kiss I went on a bit of a Yosemite vacation for the holiday but now I'm back to computer time. I wish I had been able to send a package from there to throw someone off!
13  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap! (signup Nov 7-21, send by Dec 7) on: November 23, 2017 05:44:04 PM
Hi! This is Heather, your friendly organizer in California, U.S.  Smiley There is no requirement for anyone to claim me, but if you want to, here is my wishlist.

I am a 37-year-old librarian making my life my own and loving it. I'm also going to be teaching my first college course in the Spring, and start working some library hours inside a men's federal prison...That is motivating me to both butch out somewhat and build my self-defense skills in 2018 (well, that and the fact that I feel sexiest when I look like a badass who can handle business Wink).

I don't actively celebrate anything, but I appreciate the many traditions and observances of this time of year. I'll be in Mexico December 10-27, so I apologize for any delay in confirming receipt of a package.  Smiley I'm excited to take part in the holiday festivities in Mexico for the first time!

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/callunacraft/

Color LIKES: Rainbows, purples, earthtones, greys, bright orange, rich or vivid shades of turquoise/bluish-green (oceanic), opalescent/iridescent/interference colors, color combos inspired by India or Latin America, copper or metallic brown

Color DISLIKES: breast cancer pink, dusty or dark muted shades of colors, pastels without a contrasting shade.


What I would like:

Any kind of mail art. Here is a link to a past wishlist.

Since I don't have any piercings, I'd like a simple ear cuff or magnetic faux stud(s) for ears or nose. Just solid metal without added doodads.

Homemade consumables (such as food, candle, or bath/beauty/cleaning items) without artificial fragrances and dyes (essential oils are fine). I have no relevant dietary restrictions, but I hate peas and corn.  Tongue

A bottom-whorl drop-spindle. Homemade is totally fine; the one underthemountain made me years ago lasted through so much heavy use and abuse, and it's finally reaching retirement stage.

Is there a way to make a rudimentary pair of down-feather booties/slippers out of some kind of garment that is otherwise going to waste? I'm going to be camping a lot this winter and spring, and warm feet overnight is always a challenge.

Cloth menstrual pad with snap closure.

A tiny work of art, any media. Can be your version of an existing work, or your own design.

Something to be abandoned in a community college library -- theme ideas include literary, affirmation/encouragement, something to do with a specific school subject, intellectual freedom, or in support of learning, reading, and knowledge.

A strainer for loose-leaf tea

Bead-weaving supplies (I have the loom already)

Single skein of colorful sock yarn

Backpacking stove made out of an aluminum soda can or a (clean) cat food can. There are many tutorials online, and I don't have a preference for which one.

Firestarters or other crafty/homemade/reuse goodies that would be useful in camping, hiking, or backpacking.


Collecting for charity and education: Entre Amigos in San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico. School and art supplies for kids and adults: Sharpies (all colors), art pens, good quality paper, beads, glue, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, scissors, etc. They also welcome donations of basic household and hygiene materials, in support of the local population. In spite of coastal Nayarit and Jalisco being a popular region for surfers and vacationers, there is a very high level of poverty.
Collecting for this and other library organizations in Mexico, Guatemala, and California: Spanish-language or bilingual children's books.

A random shot in the dark: An embroidery or cross-stitch of a cat with glasses, reading, and the words, "More reading, less breeding". A friend of mine requested this for a cat rescue organization, and I don't know when I'll get around to making it.  Smiley

Thanks!
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 23, 2017 04:20:58 PM
I'm thankful for a terrific batch of generous swappers, and for having the resources and sanity to organize a swap again!  Smiley
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 21, 2017 06:56:04 PM
"If what you received is wrapped beautifully/creatively, show us that, too!"

...

"If what you received is wrapped in newspaper and duct tape and looks like it was assembled by chimpanzee after twenty-three pots of coffee, your Secret Santa was probably Smeddley."

LOL, "creatively" is the operative word!  Cheesy
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 21, 2017 03:14:40 PM
I completely forgot to add links to the Gallery, but they are now in some prominent spots on the swap thread. And here:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453735.0
 Grin

So sorry, edelC!   Sad I'm not going to name any names, but maybe some folks will get Honorary Swap Member packages...  Cool
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 21, 2017 12:21:42 PM
Aw, sorry to hear that, kayrun!
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 20, 2017 02:56:09 PM
Here's a caveat for those of you who like to Sweat Shoppe it: If you have the desire and means to send something to EVERYONE, wait to put in a claim until you have all the things completed and packaged up. Then, since you'll be mailing them all at once, we can discard the 2-3 claims at a time standard. If you do decide to do this, you can send me one email claiming everyone, so our mutual record-keeping will be less cluttered.

To reiterate, there is no expectation for swappers to do this. As long as you send one package that meets the swap requirements, you're all set. But I've seen how some of you are with the abundant gifting!   Wink

Sign-ups close TOMORROW! If you're waiting on swap feedback to sign up, and it comes in by Friday, I'll add you.  If there are several cases of this, I'm open to leaving sign-ups open through the weekend; what do you all think? I don't want anyone to feel pressured to pick from a list posted near the swap deadline and not have enough crafting time.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 20, 2017 10:07:14 AM
I'm not a tooth grinder, but I have a weird habit of moving my teeth against my tongue to the beat of a song... is that weird? Hahaha.

First claim is ALMOST done! Just waiting for drying time. I'm so excited about this one. It came out better than I envisioned! I have supplies for claim 2 but need to sit down and get a start on it soon.

Oh! I meant to ask, does a claim count as complete once the parcel is at its destination or once we provide proof of shipment?

It's counted as complete with proof of shipment.  Much faster that way! Grin

So, your tongue stays stationary while you move your teeth?? I'm trying to figure out how to do this (and probably looking really odd to the people walking past).  Cheesy
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 16, 2017 05:10:16 PM
I want to make sure I have this correct:  The last day for choosing a person to be a Secret Santa for is December 7th, right?

That is correct -- Just as long as you can send it out that same day!  Smiley

I'm impressed with all the gifting happening already; one person has even received!  Shocked If you are uncertain about whether you'll have enough time for all the things you want to do, consider holding off on making those claims until the end of Thanksgiving Weekend (if you're in the U.S., that is). That's a big span of potential craft-time that sometimes disappears due to unexpected family-time or food-comas! But who knows, you might also get more done than you planned. We can dream.
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